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Sun Protective Workout Clothes for Your Outdoor Adventures

by Voices Wellness 07 Jul 2021
Photo: Solbari

Boost your protection against sun damage by donning UPF clothing, which makes it harder for UV rays to penetrate. By SAMANTHA FRANCIS.

Sun’s out, guns out. If you’re ready to embrace the great outdoors with a hike or a swim, don’t forget to pack your sunscreen. While SPF protects the skin from sun damage and accelerated ageing, that alone may not be enough if you’re outdoors for a long period of time. Enter UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) clothes, which are essentially outfits manufactured and tested to protect skin from UV rays.

UPF clothing tends to come with high fibre density, making it harder for light to penetrate it. Others are made with fabric that is pre-treated with ingredients to inhibit light. That said, wearing UPF clothing doesn’t excuse one from slathering on sunscreen—your exposed skin can still suffer sun damage.

Here are some UPF protective athleisure wear to check out:

Photo: Lululemon

Lululemon UVP Run Short Sleeve 

Made with UV-protective fabric that’s sweat-wicking and quick-drying, this running top is designed to keep one feeling cool on sunny days. The overlapped side seams offer airflow and room to move, while added Lycra fibre helps with stretch and shape retention.

More information here.

Photo: Colombia

Colombia Bora Bora II Booney

Worry less about getting sunburnt when you wear this sun hat featuring built-in UPF50, a sweat-wicking headband, and a mesh vent panel that pulls moisture away from the skin to keep you cool. An adjustable drawcord and toggle at the back keep the hat comfortable to wear.

More information here.

Photo: Nike

Nike ACG Dri-FIT ADV UV “Lava Tree”

Inspired by Hawaii’s sunny climate and volcanic region, this hoodie combines sweat-wicking technology and UV protection to help you hike in style and comfort. Designed for movement, the hoodie comes with less seaming in key areas and mobility panels under the arms.

More information here.

Photo: Solbari

Solbari Arm Sleeves UPF 50+ Sensitive Collection

Ideal for complementing short-sleeved tops, these arm sleeves come in a whopping 11 colours to protect your arms and hands from UV rays. Made from cotton and natural bamboo, the fabric is soft on the skin and helps regulate one’s body temperature.

More information here.

Photo: Uniqlo

Uniqlo Women Airism UV Protection Mesh Long-sleeve Full-Zip Hoodie

Available in 10 vibrant shades, this zipped hoodie is lightweight enough to be worn in warmer weather. Made from the brand’s AIRism fabric, which comes with quick-drying and cool-touch features, the long-sleeved top protects against UV rays outdoors.

More information here.

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